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Town Council discusses Sustainable Shepherdstown Act, summer events in meeting

By Staff | May 24, 2019

Jim Gatz, Shepherdstown's new Jefferson County Development Authority member representative, introduces himself at the Town Council meeting on May 14. Tabitha Johnston

SHEPHERDSTOWN — As schools hold their graduations and prepare to close for summer vacation, Shepherdstown’s Town Council is keeping busy, making preparations for the summer.

During their regular monthly meeting on May 14, the Town Council discussed a number of events that will be held in town, including a family move night, Farm to Fork dinner and car show.

“The Lions Club would like to do the Second Annual Shepherdstown Lions Club Roaring Car Show on German Street this year,” said Lions Club President Mike Sholl, mentioning last year’s event was on a back street. “We would like Shepherdstown to Benefit more from the car show, by having it in a central location. We had 55 cars last year, and we hope to grow for this one.”

The Town Council suggested holding the September 1 car show along King Street instead, and the item was tabled for the council’s June meeting.

Shepherdstown’s annual Farm to Fork dinner was approved to be held on September 8 behind the Shepherdstown Public Library, which is a later date than it has previously been scheduled for.

“We are looking at the day after Labor Day — I’m excited that it would be cooler, and then everything should be in season,” said Farm to Fork organizer Natalie Grantham.

Also approved during the meeting, were the Shepherdstown Public Library’s Summer Reading Kick-Off on June 8, which will now also be for adults.

“In previous years we’ve had a lot of responses for the summer reading program,” said Library Assistant Tish Wiggs. “We have had a lot of requests by parents to have a summer reading program for them, as well, so this year we are adding an adult reading program.”

This year’s summer reading program theme, “Blast Off,” will feature a similar theme for adults, “A Universe of Stories.” In honor of the space-themed programs, the library will hold a Family Movie Night on July 20, featuring the movie “Hidden Figures.”

Shepherdstown’s Historic Landmarks Commission welcomed its newest member, George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War Director James J. Broomall, during the meeting, after he was appointed by the Town Council.

“Since we moved to Shepherdstown, my wife and I have been very invested in the historic community. Last evening, the board agreed on my application,” Broomall said. “I’m very thankful for this opportunity.”

During the meeting, the first reading of the Sustainable Shepherdstown Act was completed. The act has not changed since its final draft was presented to and approved by the council in its April meeting.

The Town Council also approved sending a grant application for a matching fund grant to the West Virginia Litter Control Program, which if granted, will be used to purchase supplies for volunteers to remove litter from roads in and around Shepherdstown.

In honor of West Virginia Suicide Prevention Week, a 5K to raise money for suicide prevention was approved for September 15, which will take a route from downtown Shepherdstown to Trough Road, ending at the James Rumsey Monument and Park. Eighty percent of the proceeds will directly be used for suicide prevention in the Eastern Panhandle.